Holidays in Japan

Festivals of Japan

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In Japan it is very easy to celebrate the holidays.

Because you always know when to celebrate, how to celebrate, what to celebrate and someone to celebrate.

Japanese official calendar has 15 events a year. These days are referred to as sukumizu . that just means “holiday”, and to celebrate they installed the “Law on national holidays”. In the days sukumizu most Japanese could certainly use his legal right to stay.

But the Japanese, who love recreation, fun and hearty feast, could not do just legalized government national holidays.

The Japanese have even Matsuri .

Matsuri is a celebration of the wider sense of the word. This festive procession, and fireworks, and traditional dances and chants, which usually involved a large number of participants and many more spectators. Throughout the year there are many festivals, among which the most favorite one is the Japanese festival of Tanabata love .

Below is a list of the main public and some typical Japanese festivals. The list is constantly updated.

Festive procession in honor of the God Ebisu trade (November, Kyoto).

In each Prefecture, every town and even village has its own traditional festivals-Matsuri inherent only in this area and a specific time of the year. But there’s also Matsuri, which is celebrated with a Grand scale throughout the country. There are commemorative dates, which are rooted in Buddhism or in traditions of the Japanese Shinto religion . In addition, there are holidays and the festivals, which has become a tradition relatively recently. For example, the Snow Festival in Sapporo or Valentine’s Day.

Calendar of important events of the life of the Japanese is marked not only by various national and professional holidays, and alternating annual small wonders – flowering plum, cherry, peach, Wisteria, chrysanthemums. Romantic nature create yourself a holiday in the days admiring the moon, known more than a thousand years.

The time of cherry blossom is not an official holiday in Japan. The Japanese calendar is no national holiday or special holidays or days off associated with this magnificent natural wonder. But psychologically it is undoubtedly a holiday for the Japanese themselves, and for many foreign tourists.

This luxury Sakura will delight more than one generation of Japanese.

In the days of the cherry blossom parks, squares, alleys, as well as Buddhist and Shinto temples with cherry blossoms visits and spends time in them a great number of people. The flowering period is relatively short, so admiring cherry blossoms in the daytime and in the evening. Evening tour of Sakura incredibly popular: after 6 PM trees very skillfully highlighted, and a walk in an atmosphere filled with romance and some mystery (but honestly, to retire in silence there is no way around the mass of people!).

The official starting point of the beginning of cherry blossom taken time blooming of the first flowers on the cherry tree growing in an ancient Buddhist Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. As soon as the first pink flowers appeared from the buds, meteorological service immediately notify us of the beginning of cherry blossom this year. Estimated time for Tokyo and its vicinity in late March, after 27 numbers. Duration of flowering – about two weeks.

But, the fact is that Japan is significantly stretched from North to South, and in southern Japan (Kyushu island and the Okinawa Islands) Sakura blossoms in February. By the way, in the more Northern areas there are “warm oases” where the alleys you can admire the cherry in the middle of February (one of them is a spot on the Izu Peninsula, about three hours away from Tokyo).

In the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto and Nara, and the adjoining prefectures most flourishing cherry for about the first ten days (two weeks) April.

By mid-April to early may, “wave” cherry blossoms extends further to the North of the island of Honshu. In the first days of may, magnificent parks and alleys cherry delight the eye of residents in the Northern prefectures of Japan (Akita, Iwate, Aomori). About 10 days of may, the cherry blossoms, finally, and can enjoy the inhabitants of the island of Hokkaido.

The tradition of admiring cherry blossoms appeared at the Imperial court in the Heian period – the aristocracy, sharpens finesse and refinement of manners, spent hours under the flowering trees, enjoying soft drinks, arcade games and folding poems. In short brilliant cherry blossom aristocrats saw deeper meaning: reflecting on the transience of life, they identified deciduous cherry blossoms with courage and clarity of thought.


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